White Collar Criminal Defense and Corporate Investigations
White collar criminal investigations create one of the most complex legal challenges that a company or individual may face, leading to the disruption of business, damage to reputation, the dissipation of assets and, most importantly, the potential to lose one’s liberty. Today, these challenges can come in the form of a criminal prosecution, administrative or legislative hearings, as well as through regulatory and other civil proceedings. The coordination of an effective response to these inquiries from a governmental agency often presents an extremely complicated and intimidating problem for any corporate entity or individual.
Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores, LLC provides individuals, professionals, public officials, corporations, closely held companies, and non-profit organizations with sophisticated and aggressive representation in the defense of white collar criminal charges brought in Federal District Courts or in the state courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Our firm handles all areas and phases of federal and state white collar practice, including grand jury investigations, tax crimes, fraud and many other forms of white collar crime. Similarly, GPFF attorneys are often retained by small business entities and larger corporations via their board of directors, audit committee, or general counsel to conduct confidential and independent internal investigations of potential employee or other misconduct. We conduct these investigations in an effort to develop strategies for avoiding or minimizing the risk of criminal charges as well as other collateral consequences such as debarment, civil liability, exclusion or suspension from government operated programs, and the revocation of professional licenses.
Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores has significant experience in defending white collar defendants in the most intricate state and federal prosecutions, as well as in guiding businesses and other entities through the complexities of an internal or parallel investigation. Peter F. Vaira serves as special counsel to GPFF and he is an active member of the firm’s white collar practice group. Mr. Vaira is a fifteen year veteran of the United States Department of Justice, having served as the Attorney in Charge for both the Chicago and Philadelphia Organized Crime Strike Forces. In 1978, Mr. Vaira was appointed by the President of the United States to serve as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, a position he held until 1983 when he left the Justice Department to enter private practice. Since then Mr. Vaira has successfully defended countless white collar matters throughout his distinguished career while practicing in law firms in both Chicago and Philadelphia. Mr. Vaira is a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers and he was recently appointed as the Executive Director of Mayor Nutter’s Commission to investigate the Department of Licenses and Inspections following a tragic building collapse in Center City Philadelphia.
Patricia V. Pierce, the head of GPFF’s employment and complex litigation practice, also has extensive experience in conducting internal corporate investigations focusing on financial malfeasance and employment discrimination issues. Ms. Pierce has been retained by Fortune 500 companies, prominent law firms, and hospitals to lead complex internal investigations focusing on a range of employment issues, civil liability concerns, financial matters as well as Sarbanes Oxley Act compliance issues.
Below is a list of some of the matters our firm is capable of handling in white collar criminal cases:
- Representation of Individuals or Companies in Grand Jury Investigations
- Internal Corporate Investigations
- Parallel Criminal or Civil Investigations
- Public Corruption Cases
- Fraud Cases including Bank Fraud, Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud, Honest Services Fraud,
Insurance Fraud, Healthcare Fraud, Medical Billing Fraud and Consumer Fraud
- Money Laundering
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
- City, State, and Federal Tax Cases
- Federal False Claims Act Cases
- False Statements and Obstruction of Justice
- Bribery and Extortion
- Ponzi Schemes
- Identity Theft
- Computer Crimes
- Cases involving Government contracts or theft of Governmental services